The Zhizn Newspaper (Moscow, 1918): Its Political Position

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Nikolay A. Bogomolov

Doctor of Philology, Head of the Chair of Literary and Art Criticism and Journalism, Professor of the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia


Section: History of Journalism

This paper is devoted to the history of the Moscow publication Zhizn, which had a great role to play in the development of newspaper periodicals of the understudied early post-October period. The author considers the newspaper’s political affiliation drawing on the previously unpublished documents and newspaper materials, including those borrowed from the surviving archive of one of Zhizn editors A. A. Borovoy. The history of the publication, the editorial policy of those in charge and the reasons for its sudden closure are examined in the paper. The author draws a conclusion that although the newspaper was headed by anarchists it was not politically engaged. Its soft-line policy and the personalities of the editors brought about, among other things, the development of the literary section, to which many outstanding men of letters (Blok, Bely and some others) contributed. In spite of its short history, the Zhizn newspaper left a really rich heritage.

Keywords: Zhizn newspaper, A. A. Borovoy, newspaper's political affiliation, newspaper periodicals, post-October period
DOI: 10.30547/vestnik.journ.5.2019.2550


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